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  • #16
    Hi Al
    The panels I mounted on my new trailer are secured to an aluminum L channel which is riveted to the trailer roof supports. Doing this allowed me to use the stock location on the panels for mounting them.
    A few words of advice.
    The 100 Watt system is a good way to keep a battery topped off and charge some packs, however you will not be brewing coffee with them. I'm running a 200 watts and two 105Amp AGM batteries through a 3000 watt inverter and its not enough for the Kurig. Unless you can find a low draw coffee maker, its better to bring a generator or a cup with you.

    Also, you'll want a distribution panel which will house your fuses. Even with the simplest setup, you'll want to have it fused. Jim can send you in the direction of a low cost panel.
    If you're looking for more power, I have a NIB panel system from Harbor Freight that I did not use.

    Len
    Len Buffinton
    Team Horizon Hobby

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    • #17
      It has now been six weeks since I placed my order for the trailer. I hope to hear from the dealer soon so I can pick it up and start working on it.

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      • #18
        Patience grasshopper
        Len Buffinton
        Team Horizon Hobby

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        • #19
          Originally posted by lenb View Post
          Patience grasshopper
          Uggghh!!!!!!

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          • #20
            Just received word from the dealer that my trailer is in. Will pick it up on Saturday. 👍

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            • JimD
              JimD commented
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              Looking forward to your build Al...always enjoy seeing the innovations that different modelers come up with.

          • #21
            ahhhhh
            Those with patience are rewarded with trailers.

            Also looking forward to the build.
            I'll post some pictures in another thread of the build I did, perhaps something will help.

            len
            Len Buffinton
            Team Horizon Hobby

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            • Al_M
              Al_M commented
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              Ok, thanks, Len. It’s always good learning how others solve design ideas.

          • #22
            I picked up my new 6 x 12 ATC trailer on Saturday. It tows very nicely, but there is a measurable reduction in mpg. The weatherman has not been cooperative, but today broke sunny and cool, and provided a nice photo op. So here it is, with my antique 1966 Vespa and Jeep Wrangler in the background. As soon as my son completes the machining on a front hitch adaptor, I will move the trailer down to the storage unit to see how it fits. Then, I’ll start working on the interior as long as the weather holds.

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            • #23
              Well, it took from November until April to get the parts machined by my son to install a front hitch receiver on my Jeep. Nothing took place all winter on the trailer as a result. Now I can finish the install on the Jeep and take the trailer down to the storage unit and see how it fits. Sorry this has taken so long. Stay tuned.

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              • #24
                New tug for the new trailer...

                The Ram 3.6 liter DOHC Pentastar V-6, although developing 305 HP, was lacking in the torque department, yielding 268 lb-ft of torque. Here, in Michigan, being pretty flat, my Ram 1500 was laboring to pull my 1200 lb. ATC trailer home from the dealer last fall, and was getting a paltry 10 mpg.

                Today, all that has changed. I traded my 2016 Ram1500 for a 2018 Ram, powered by an EcoDiesel 3.0 liter turbo DOHC V-6 diesel making 240 HP, but producing a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque. This truck is a towing beast, towing capacty is 7,990 lbs, but still giving 27 mpg on the highway unladen. I’m not sure what the towing mileage will be with my 12-foot ATC trailer until the engine is broken in (500 miles.) Needless to say, I’m eager to get my trailer hooked up to this new tug and try putting some miles on it. Stephane’s Milan event appears to be the new rig’s debut. BTW, the sticker says the engine is made in Italy! Mama mia!! It’s gotta be good!

                I apologize for the poor photo quality due to the low evening sun angle in the photo below, but it shows the metallic Granite paint job complimenting nicely the trailer’s Arctic Mist color in the background.

                And best of all...it’s got that “new car smell” inside! 😃

                Coming soon to an event near you.

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